|In March, if all goes well,
the reading room and the balcony will get a whole new look and achieve
a whole new level of functionality. The new study tables and chairs
are scheduled to be installed over spring break, March 17-21. There
will be a total of 20 6-person tables and 18 4-person tables on the main
level, as well as an assortment of carrels on the balcony. Each table
will have an attractive lamp and several power outlets for laptops, so
no more eye strain from bad lights and no more ugly power strips on the
table tops. The new furniture, like the circulation desk, reference
desk, computer carrels and study carrels, is from Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers
of Maine. Our tables were custom designed for us, but you can get
an idea what they are likely to look like by going to the web site at http://www.thosmoser.com/libraries/index_furn.htm
. Our tables will look most like the Ashcraft Table on the web site,
but will not have a solid end panel. The pedestal in the center of
the table will fit over the wiring that was installed this summer so that
each table will be hard wired for power. Study seating is the Courtroom
Chair. Some of the chairs will have arms and some will be armless.
The chair arms have been modified to meet several of your objections, as
I explained in the last Amicus Briefs. Like the furniture that is
already here, the new furniture will be solid cherry wood with a natural
oil and wax finish. The new furniture will transform the reading
room. This newly completed renovation is a real milestone for the
Alexander Campbell King Law Library, probably the most important one since
the Annex was completed in 1981.
|The Law Library's online catalog,
GAVEL, now allows our patrons to place a hold on an item that is checked
out, being processed, or otherwise currently unavailable.
In order to place the hold:
- access the GAVEL record
for the item
- click on the "request hold
if checked out" button in the upper right hand corner of the record
- at the prompt, enter your
name and university i.d.
- you may also specify a
date after which the hold is cancelled
- if it is not filledafter you submit the information,
you will be asked to specify a particular volume or issue if
- if this is an item that
cannot be held, a message will appear so stating
- if your request is successful,
the system will display a confirmation screen -- please ask for assistance
at Circulation or Reference if the screen does not display a confirmation
When the item becomes available, the Circulation
Desk will notify you that the item is being held for you until a specified
date. If you do not pick up the item by that date, we will cancel the hold
and return the item to the shelves.
Remember: the Circulation and Reference
staffs can assist you in placing holds on items.
|Jon Udell, lead analyst at
InfoWorld's test center, wanted to check his local library's catalog while
simultaneously browsing through Amazon.com. The result: he developed
Library Lookup bookmarklet that feeds the ISBN (International Serial Book
Number) from book vendor web sites into the online catalogs of many library
Using the Library Lookup bookmarklet below,
you can add GAVEL to your toolbar. The Library Lookup bookmarklet
will check to see if books are available in GAVEL while you visit book-related
sites such as Amazon and Barnes and Nobles. The bookmarklet will
feed a book's ISBN into GAVEL and pop up a new window telling you
whether the UGA Law LIbrary owns the book.
To install, drag the link to your browser's
link toolbar. Clicking the link won't work. The link is a bookmarklet
it to your browser's link toolbar.
- Georgia - Athens - University of Georgia Law Library
If you'd like to add other libraries to
your toolbar, visit Jon Udell's Library Lookup homepage (http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/stories/2002/12/11/librarylookup.html)
and follow the instructions for choosing other libraries.
|The law library subscribes
to many valuable online databases, including Legaltrac, Hein Online, and
the CCH Online Tax Research Network. One of these databases, LexisNexis
Congressional, is an essential tool for anyone who must find and use information
about the activities of Congress or publications produced by Congress.
LexisNexis Congressional provides comprehensive
indexing and abstracting of Congressional publications, including hearings
(testimony), committee prints, reports, documents, and public laws. It
also includes the full text of bills, committee reports, House and Senate
documents, selected testimony and committee prints, and bill tracking.
You may access LexisNexis Congressional
from the library's Research Resources page. The link there takes you to
a LexisNexis screen from which you must select "Congressional". The
first five search forms available there -- CIS Index, Congressional Indexes,
Publications, Testimony, and Bills -- offer valuable information that is not
available in any other single online source.
CIS Index is obviously an indexing service
but it also provides abstracts of congressional publications. You
may search by subject, keyword, law or bill number, publication title,
witness name, or the name of the committee issuing the publication.
CIS Index covers the period from 1970 to the present.
Congressional Indexes, 1789-1969 offers
indexing of congressional publications for the period before CIS Index.
You may search this index by subject, bill number, publication title, witness
name, or committee name.
The Publications section offers full text
searching of Committee Reports, House and Senate Documents, Committee Prints,
bills, and the Congressional Record. The searchable database includes
all Committee Reports from 1990 to the present, all House and Senate Documents
from 1995, approximately 15 percent of committee prints from the 104th
Congress (1995), bills from 1989, and Congressional Record from 1985.
Testimony links to a form which allows
searching of discussion transcripts and submitted written testimony from
Congressional hearings using combinations of keywords, witness name, Committee
name, and hearing date. The database includes written submitted testimony
for almost all congressional hearings from 1993 forward and transcripts
of discussion sessions from selected hearings. Coverage from 1988 to1993
is less comprehensive.
The search forms on LexisNexis Congressional
are straightforward and easy to use. You may search with virtually
any combination of information (keyword, name, date, committee, publication
number). Be sure to give this database a try the next time you need
information from or about Congress.